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20th Century Lundy Island Currency: 1 Puffin

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2001N38
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1929 - 1929

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Mint, Birmingham Ltd (Ralph Heaton & Sons) - View history


The island of Lundy, meaning 'puffin' in Scandinavian, was bought by Mr. Martin Coles Harman in the early part of the twentieth century. A London financier, Mr. Harman decided to issue his own copper coinage of two denominations: the 'Puffin' and 'Half Puffin' manufactured by the Mint, Birmingham (Ralph Heaton & Sons). The few inhabitants of Lundy Island, all employees of Mr Harman, were paid in Puffins and used them to purchase beer and groceries.
Mr. Harman found himself prosecuted under the Coinage Act of 1870, fined 5, and was forced to discontinue the series after only a brief circulation.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England

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Diameter:29 mm